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date: 15 September 2019

Loyet, Gerardlocked

(fl 1466; d 1502–3).
  • J. Steyaert

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(fl 1466; d 1502–3).

South Netherlandish goldsmith. He is cited as goldsmith and ‘varlet de chambre’ to Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy (reg 1433–77). Among Loyet’s works for the Duke were images presented to churches, one of which survives: a gold, silver and enamel reliquary representing the kneeling Duke accompanied by St George, completed in 1466–7 and donated to St Lambert’s Cathedral, Liège (in situ; for illustration see Burgundy, House of family §(5)), in 1471. This delicate reliquary, conceived as a votive group, provides some idea of more imposing works (all untraced), including two life-size silver statues of Charles and two portrait busts, the former for the churches in Aardenburg and Scheut (nr Brussels), the latter for churches in Geeraardsbergen and Linkebeek, listed in payments of 1477.

Loyet also worked for the Burgundian mint. In 1470 he was commissioned to engrave dies for new coinage, based on designs supplied by ...

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Biographie nationale [belge] (Brussels, 1866–)